Evangelical Lutheran Church in Southern Africa

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The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Southern Africa is a Lutheran church in South Africa. The Church has 580,000 baptized members.[1] in seven Dioceses in South Africa, Botswana and Swaziland. It became a member of the Lutheran World Federation in 1976 after it was formed out of four previous Synods in 1975. In 2007, the church received approval to perform same-sex marriages, but it is unclear how many congregations have chosen to do so.[2] In 2015, the ELCSA synod discussed same-sex unions but stated that "a marriage is understood as a union only between a man and a woman. Furthermore the valid and unchanged position of our Church is that the blessing of same sex unions is rejected".[3] However, Bishop Dr. Biyela stated that the ELCSA "embraces homosexuals and allows them to worship in their churches as full members".[3]

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  1. ^ LWF Statistics 2009 Archived August 21, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Churches get nod for gay marriages | IOL". IOL. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  3. ^ a b "Homosexuality in South Africa – KZNCC". kzncc.blazanor.com. Retrieved 2016-08-01.